Daisy's War

Rated 4.83/5 based on 12 reviews
In 1914, Daisy lives in the quiet New Zealand valley where her family has farmed for generations. Her world seems a warm and safe one. But the Great War is casting its long shadow over New Zealand. Daisy watches in growing fear as more and more of the men leave to fight in Europe, and the War strikes ever closer to the heart of her family. More

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ISBN: 9781476353746
About Shayne Parkinson

I write historical fiction set in New Zealand, starting in the 1880s. My sixth novel, "After the Roses", takes the series to 1924. I'm fascinated by social history, particularly that of my own country.

I live in a state of barely-controlled chaos; fortunately I share my life with an invariably calm and endlessly optimistic husband. I divide my time between an apartment in the city, in reach of good espresso, and a few acres in the country, where the rank grass in the orchard is kept under control by a small mob of sheep (and where we have our own espresso machine).

When I'm not writing, reading, or engaged in mundane activities, I play the piano rather badly.

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Review by: Virginia Conlin on Dec. 20, 2014 :
Oh my.....
Thank you for this wonderful series!
I was captivated from the first chapter of Amy's story. A series full of the emotional gamut. Seeing through Shayne's eyes was so effortless. The habits, lifestyle, working dairy farms - milking by hand, preparing dough the last thing at night to bake fresh bread the following morning...., working before dawn til late at night.
But the series isn't about those seemingly mundane things, they're just a reminder of how hard our forefathers worked. The absence of birth control was another reminder of how lucky we are. Trying to divide a small dairy farm (after the death of a Patriarch) between many sons, caring for the aged, courting, teen pregnancy and the dreadful conscription.
thank you again, Shayne. I've signed up for your newsletter to be notified of your next masterpiece.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)

Review by: Robyn E on Oct. 18, 2013 :
I have enjoyed the whole series of books. I read Daisy's War within a day because it kept me wanting to know what would happen with her father. While short - it was still a very good read. Glad to see Daisy's father didn't end up going to war as I thought he might have ended up being hurt or killed. Loved it and can't wait for the next book. I very rarely by books online but this series had me captivated so I had to read all the stories.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kendy Murphy on April 21, 2013 :
I have loved this entire series. I am always sad when the book is finished as I want more!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Jazzy Dolly on Feb. 15, 2013 :
Thank god! Had me worried, can't wait for the next :)
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)

Review by: Romola Hopman on Jan. 20, 2013 :
I loved all Shayne's books. I'd like to see them made into a tv series! I'm hoping that there will be more?
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Anca S on Aug. 22, 2012 :
I've read this whole series.. what a great read they all were! Daisy is an amazing character and you'll find yourself hooked on her! The ups and downs of her life suck you in completely! A wonderful series!!
(reviewed 87 days after purchase)

Review by: Bonnie Brandenburg on July 25, 2012 : (no rating)
Very good cant wait for the next book
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Beverly Tiner on July 12, 2012 :
I have LOVED this entire series. I never want it to end. I've grown so attached to the characters. Thank you for another wonderful addition! MORE please!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Cmyth51 on July 03, 2012 :
I loved the whole series and could not put them down! I would definitely read more if there was another book written about this family. I look forward to reading more by this author and would recommend this series to anyone that likes historical fiction.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Barbara Pope on July 02, 2012 : (no rating)
Daisey's War is the fifth book in Promises To Keep series and I enjoyed all five.This author is one of the best and I'm a avid reader.There are very few books that I read a second time but I would enjoy reading this series again.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Diane McRandal on June 07, 2012 :
I loved this series and how Shayne Parkinson' was able to make us feel as if we were part of these families. I greatly enjoyed the New Zealand history as well as she shared bits and pieces of that country's history through each book.

I just found this series and was glued to it. I only had a slight wait for the last book. Although smaller in content, I greatly enjoyed it. Since all of the books were in my head I didn't have the need for refreshing the characters as others noted.

I would have loved to know more. But isn't that what we live about this author's writing. She gives us so much information but still leaves us wanting more. I would love to continue reading about these characters. I am hoping that Shayne Parkinson continues this journey for us.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: kim kolkmeier on May 29, 2012 : (no rating)
Disappointing. Very. Short and left soooo much of the previous series out. Characters i wanted to read more about. Not even worth $3
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Richard Adin on May 19, 2012 :
I have read the entire series and now Daisy's War. The book is exceptionally well-written, just as were the previous 4 books in the series. Even with the noted "problems" below and in other comments, this is a 5-star book, especially if you look at the series as a whole rather than the book as a standalone book.

The description does not do justice to the book. The book is a reflection on World War I and its impact on New Zealand, a far-flung outpost of the British Empire, as seen through the eyes of a child who almost understands the whats and whys of war but can’t quite grasp them. Daisy’s dreams take a back seat to the impact of World War I on her extended family and how the need for soldiers ultimately leads to conscription, beginning with single young men but rapidly moving to include married men with children, including Daisy’s father.

The story seems incomplete. We tangentially are given glimpses into the war’s effect on the adults. Because of how the prior books were written, I think Daisy’s War should have run with both major and minor story lines, the major being the tale we are given and the minor a more in-depth look at the effect on the adults. For example, Daisy’s Uncle Alf returns from the battlefields a changed man. We are briefly given a glimpse into why and we know that the children want to avoid him, but we are not given more insight into the change in family dynamics. Perhaps this broader look at intra- and interfamily dynamics is a tale that will be picked up in the next book.

However, I think there are 2 failings. First, there was no synopsis of the prior books and of the relationships among the characters. I read the fourth book in the series nearly 2 years ago and have read undreds of books since. I needed a refresher. In this case, the lack of the information poses another problem: The book doesn’t work well as a standalone book. You need to have read the previous books in the series to understand the importance of what is happening. Although that is good from a series sense, it is bad from the reader sense. A reader who picks up this book first, not having read the previous entries in the series, will not walk away singing the high praises the books deserve. Instead, they will be disappointed because much of the impact of book relies on knowing the relationships.

Regardless, as with the first four books in the series, Daisy’s War is exceptionally well-written. If you have read and enjoyed the first books in the series, then this is a must read for you. The book is reasonably priced and is clearly a 5-star read.

If you haven’t read Shayne Parkinson’s books, begin with Sentence of Marriage, the first in the series, which is free. If you like historical fiction and/or family sagas, you are likely to find this a captivating series.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

Review by: Janel Biondo on May 17, 2012 :
I agree with Doris, while I love this series I was left wanting more from this book. I have read the first 4 books several times in anticipation of this one coming out but was slightly dissapointed with she shortness of this particular book. Shayne Parkinson has a gift that not many authors have and that is to bring you into the story as if your living it yourself. I look forward to more of this series in hopes the people I have come to love are given more page space. I highly reccomend this whole series to everyone! Your awesome Shayne!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: Doris Molo on May 16, 2012 :
Okay, so I read the whole Promises to keep series. I loved Mrs. Parkinson's ability to tell a story and put you in that place and time.
I gave this book 4 stars rather than 5 because, while i enjoyed it, it did not delve into the lives of my favorite characters as much as I would have liked. I did get to catch up on some of my old friends, however, it was not enough. Ms. Parkinson is a brilliant writer. I will probably read this book again and joyously read any other books that she might write in the future. She is just that good.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

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